Assumptions of Appreciative Inquiry
1. In every society, organization, or group, something works.
2. What we focus on becomes our reality.
3. Reality is created in the moment, and there are multiple realities.
4. The act of asking questions of an organization or group influences the group in some way.
5. People have more confidence and comfort to journey to the future (the unknown) when they carry forward parts of the past (the known).
6. If we carry parts forward, they should be what is best about the past.
7. It is important to value differences.
8. The language we use creates our reality.
Sue Anis Hammond, The Thin Book of Appreciative Inquire (2nd edition 1998 p 20 -21)